Category Archives: Databases

Trial to DigiZeitschriften

The Columbia University Libraries have trial access to DigiZeitschriften, a database featuring 200 German academic journals spanning 19 disciplines. The database has 500,000 articles, 16 million pages, and is growing constantly!


The trial will run through November 30, 2014. Please forward questions or comments to Meredith Levin, Western European Humanities Librarian, at

Trial to OpenEdition Freemium for E-Books


The Columbia University Libraries currently have trial access to OpenEdition’s Freemium platform for e-books until December 31st, 2014.

OpenEdition Freemium is a program for the development of open access academic publishing in the humanities and social sciences. This partnership aims to create an innovative and sustainable economic model. All income generated by the program is reinvested in the further development of open access academic publishing.

The platform disseminates open access content – journals, books, research blogs and academic announcements – complemented by premium services and formats available exclusively to institutions and their users. Freemium content is available to all Internet users in open access HTML format, while users of partner institutions (like Columbia) can download the PDF and ePub formats. No DRM or download quotas are applied.

The materials are mostly in English and French but include other European languages and cover broad disciplinary areas in the humanities and social sciences.

To access this platform, go to

  • username: columbia
  • password: x7UtAq36 (case-sensitive)

For any questions or feedback, please contact Meredith Levin,, Western European Humanities Librarian.

Database Trial: Loeb Classical Library

Please take the opportunity to view:

Loeb Classical Library

The digital Loeb Classical Library extends this mission into the twenty-first century. Harvard University Press is honored to renew James Loeb’s vision of accessibility, and presents an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing, virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature



Access: IP

Please forward comments and evaluation remarks to Karen Green (

The trial will run through November 17, 2014.

New Database: Forbes Archive, 1917-2000

The Forbes Archive contains indexing, abstracting, and full text for the complete archive of Forbes, beginning with its first issue in 1917 and ending in December 2000.   The archive includes every issue cover to cover, though it does not appear that the advertisements are indexed in the full text search.

Forbes, B. C. "The Wife's Place in Business." Forbes 1.5 (Nov 1917): 228ff.

Forbes, B. C. “The Wife’s Place in Business.” Forbes 1.5 (Nov 1917): 228ff.

New Database: PBS Video Collection

The PBS Video Collection assembles hundreds of documentary films and series from the Public Broadcasting Service, including Frontline, NOVA, American Experience, Odyssey, as well as films by Ken Burns and Michael Wood.   This streaming collection from Alexander Street Press includes full transcripts.

PBS Video Collection

Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Science, Technology and Medicine: 1780-1925

Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO): Science, Technology, and Medicine, 1780-1925, part II was recently added to the Columbia University Libraries.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online

This second part of the Science Technology and Medicine collection includes some three million pages of scientific material from the late seventeenth century through the first quarter of the twentieth century, with a primary focus on the nineteenth century.

Collections include:

  • Academies of Science Publications
  • Entomology
  • Natural History
  • Rise of Public Health in England and Wales

These complement the material in the first Science, Technology, and Medicine collection which include:

  • Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia: Minutes and Correspondence
  • American Medical Periodicals
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Civil Engineering
  • Color Theory and Practice
  • Electricity and Electromagnetism
  • Evolution and Origin of Species
  • Mathematics
  • Reports of Explorations Printed in the Documents of the United States Government
  • Scientific and Technical Periodicals from the Royal Society of London’s Catalogue of Scientific Papers

If you have a questions about this database, or any other research question, please visit, call, email or text us.

Database Trial: LGBT Thought and Culture

LGBT Thought and Culture is a new Alexander Street Press database which includes texts, letters, speeches, interviews, and ephemera covering the political evolution of gay rights as well as memoirs, biographies, poetry, and works of fiction that illuminate the lives of lesbians, gays, transgendered, and bisexual individuals and the community.

Our trial subscription to LGBT Thought and Culture ends on April 28, 2014.

Please send comments or questions to Sarah Witte, Gender and Women's Studies Librarian, at

Database Trial: Numerique Premium


We are currently trialing a new database of French e-books, Numérique Premium, through April 12, 2014. The collection contains nearly 850 full-text titles in a variety of fields, including history, religion, philosophy, politics, literature/literary theory, film, and architecture. Publishers include:  Belles Lettres, Canadian Scholars Press, CNRS éditions, ENS éditions, Gallimard,Flammarion, Nouveau Monde, Picard, Presses universitaires de McGill, Association française pour la recherche en histoire du cinéma, Association des Professeurs d’Histoire-Géographie, Société des études robespierristes, Fondation Napoléon, Fondation Charles de Gaulle, Institut Napoléon…

This resource is currently only available on-campus until April 12, 2014. Please send any comments or questions to Meredith Levin, Western European Humanities Librarian, at

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Online Music Scores

We're of course delighted when you visit the Music & Arts Library (701 Dodge) to browse and check out items from our extensive collection of printed music scores. But, there are those times that you may need some music in a pinch, or when we're closed. For those times, the availability of online scores can be very useful, and the Libraries make available several collections of online scores (also identified by the term "sheet music").

Here's a listing of the various collections which are currently available to full-time Columbia affiliates through the Libraries (these links will take you to the CLIO record for the database; click on the URL in the record to connect):

Classical Scores Library — "a collection of digitized scores of important classical music, manuscripts, and unpublished material."

Naxos Music Library. Sheet Music — "digital sheet music in all classical genres, spanning music from Medieval to the 21st century and composers from Bach to Arvo Part." This Naxos database also offers a downloadable software utility which can be used to transpose some content from one key into another (a feature often useful for singers), and to adjust printing options.

A-R Editions' Online Music Anthology — "a database of music scores containing representative vocal and instrumental compositions from antiquity through the nineteenth century."

Outside of these online resources available through the Libraries, mention must be made of the important and open online resource International Music Scores Library Project (IMSLP). This public project, established in 2006, states its primary goal as:

"… to gather all public domain music scores, in addition to the music scores of all contemporary composers (or their estates) who wish to release them to the public free of charge."

Over the last few years, this project has truly blossomed into a very valuable resource, including not only scores but also performance parts, audio recordings, and some commentary and analysis. It's interesting to note that IMSLP, the open resource, has a far larger volume of content than the subscription services mentioned above – but, not for in-copyright materials (one likely reason for the difference).

Note that there are many options for browsing and searching scores, and recordings can also be browsed, by composer or performer, via a link in the left sidebar. RSS feeds are available to keep track of new additions. Another interesting feature is the "Search By Melody" function, that allows users to input a melody string to search, using a pop-up keyboard. For the adventurous, a "score similarity" algorithm will attempt to match features of scores in the database, to find "similar" works.

Of course, as with any open-source project, there are always concerns with editorial control, and the editions available on the site range from scholarly editions to self-published arrangements with no explicit editorial responsibility or details. So, scrutinize your options carefully when choosing content. That said, there is a wealth of quality material which can be a lifesaver when you just need that score or part, for reference or for performance. And, you'll also find scans of rare or obscure repertoire, both in published editions and in manuscript.

Lastly, many libraries are now mounting extensive collections of digitized scores and sheet music, much of which is under public domain, for world-wide access. Many of these are concerted, scholarly efforts (for an example, see the Digital Mozart Edition) which warrant their own post, so stay tuned for an overview of those collections in a future post!